March 2015

Grandad, 67, had indecent images of children

A HAMPSHIRE grandfather has received a six-month suspended prison sentence for downloading indecent images of children on to computers on which he stored treasured family snaps.

Peter Bamforth, of Oxford Road, pleaded guilty to 21 charges relating to shots of youngsters aged between eight and 15.

A total of 59 pictures were downloaded between July 2011 and May 2014.

Police were alerted after he shared some of the files.

Winchester Crown Court heard how Bamforth, who was described as abusiness professional, had accessed indecent child images for 14 years and also enjoyed adult pornography.

One movie, which the 67- year-old accessed but didn’t save, was of the most serious category of pornographic images, said prosecuting counsel Tessa Hingston.

However a letter from his daughter described Bamforth as “gentle, caring and loyal”, as well as “a man of integrity and honour”.

Katie Quincey, defending, said that Bamforth had young grandchildren, whom he sometimes cared for with his wife.

Handing down a six month prison term, suspended for two years, Judge Jane Miller QC said: “These are serious offences.

You could very easily have gone to prison.”

Bamforth was ordered to attend a sex offenders treatment programme and told access to his young grandson will be monitored by social services.